Vacationer is headlining the gig, and the band has a bunch of great news regarding new material. They’ll also be performing on a cruise with the likes of Paramore, Chrvrches, and Mewithoutyou. Frontman Kenny Vasoli filled us in.
Rock On Philly: We saw you played Frankford Hall on New Year’s Eve and have been sharing beautiful photos from a vacation in Nicaragua. How has the New Year been so far for Vacationer?
Kenny Vasoli: It’s been off to a very enjoyable start. I’ve never played a NYE show before, and the Frankford Hall experience was fun with so many loved ones around. I took a surf trip to Nicaragua a few days later and had a great time. Now we get to play Philly again in a few days. 2016 is so far so good.
ROP: When can we expect some new tunes? Can you share anything with us about new material?
KV: We’re actively working on material for the next album. Actively, for me, can mean fairly slow. I’m feeling good about what’s coming about in the early stages. I want to hone this record until it really hits hard. I don’t want the vibe of the band to shift, I just want to explore the far reaches of our influences and hopefully touch on some uncharted territory.
ROP: You guys are playing Parahoy in March!? Have you been on a cruise before and what are your expectations of playing on a cruise ship? Your music should fit wonderfully in a relaxing paradise.
KV: I’m eagerly anticipating the cruise. I’ve talked to friends in another band that had been invited on a cruise and they only had positive things to report. I think the music will certainly be in the right place. I really dig the idea of performing our music at sea.
ROP: Listening to your music is an escape for people. Would you say writing music is a similar experience for you?
KV: It’s music in general that gives me escape. It has a power to transform environments. I often feel my living room shift into all sorts of different rooms with new moods when I put on a powerful record. Music is so powerful it’s almost scary. It’s boundlessly vast and enchanting.